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Volume 14, Number 3—March 2008


Screening Pneumonia Patients for Mimivirus1

Ryan K. Dare*, Malinee Chittaganpitch†, and Dean D. Erdman*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Thailand Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand;

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Table 2

Characteristics of 496 pneumonia patients tested for Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus DNA*

Setting or population Sample size Age group Sample type Location Period Other causes
Community-acquired pneumonia cases 124 Children<5 y Nasal swabs Urban USA Oct 2000– Sep 2001 None detected
120 Adults, children NP swabs Rural Thailand Sep 2003– Aug 2004 None detected
Nosocomially acquired pneumonia outbreaks 23 Geriatric NP/OP swabs Retirement center, USA Sep 2003 20% rhinovirus
24 Geriatric NP/OP swabs Retirement center, USA Jul–Aug 2002 20% rhinovirus
24 Geriatric Nasal swabs Retirement center, USA May 2004 50% hMPV
Community-acquired pneumonia outbreak 5 Adults, children BAL, sputum, ET aspirate Familial cluster, USA Nov 2004 None detected
Bone marrow transplant recipients 42 Adults NP aspirate USA Jan–Apr 2001 60% other respiratory viruses
45 Adults Nasal wash, NP swabs USA 2003 10% influenza and picornaviruses
Lung transplant recipients 89 Adults NP swabs Canada 2002–2003 30% other respiratory viruses

*NP, nasopharyngeal; OP, oropharyngeal; hMPV, human metapneumovirus; BAL, bronchoalveolar lavage; ET, endotracheal.

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1Dare et al., Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus real-time PCR assays, was presented at the 23rd Annual Clinical Virology Symposium, Apr 29–May 2, 2007, in Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA.